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Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons & Bag Limits

Hunting Regulations Icon New York Hunting

2020–2021 Waterfowl Seasons

 

 

Bag Limits

The daily bag limit is the maximum number of birds of each species that any person may take or possess in the field during any one day. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for all migratory game birds except snow geese.

Species

Daily Limit

Possession Limit

Ducksa

6

18

Coot

15

45

Canada Geese

See map

* Three times the daily limit — see map below

Snow Geeseb

25

No limit

Brant

2

6

 

Additional Veteran Hunting Days

When this guide was printed, regulations to provide additional hunting days for active duty military personnel and veterans were still pending. If approved, dates for each zone will be posted on the DEC website.

 

Attention Boaters!

Before you launch your boat or leave a site you are required to clean all visible plant and animal material from your boat, trailer, and associated equipment. Drain your boat’s bilge, livewell, baitwell, and other water-holding compartments.

Brianna’s Law – New Boating Safety Law!

If you were born on or after:

You will need a boating safety certificate when operating a motorized vessel in:

January 1, 1993

2020

January 1, 1988

2022

January 1, 1983

2023

January 1, 1978

2024

All operators of motorized vessels, regardless of age, will need a boating safety certificate by January 1, 2025. For more information and to find courses: https://parks.ny.gov/recreation/boating/education.aspx

 

Woodcock, Crow, Snipe, Rail and Gallinule
Hunting Season Dates, Bag Limits, and Regulations for 2020–2021

Regulations

Woodcock

Crow

Snipe

Virginia & Sora Rails

Gallinules

Clapper & King Rails

Upstate New York1,3

Oct. 1 – Nov. 14

Sept. 1 – Mar. 31

Sept. 1 – Nov. 9

Sept. 1 – Nov. 9

Sept. 1 – Nov. 9

Closed

Long Island2,3

Oct. 1 – Nov. 14

Sept. 1 – Mar. 31

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Bag Limit

3/day
9 in possession

None

8/day
24 in possession

8/day
24 in possession

8/day
24 in possession

n/a

Shooting Hours

Sunrise to Sunset

Sunrise to Sunset

1/2-Hr Before Sunrise to Sunset

1/2-Hr Before Sunrise to Sunset

1/2-Hr Before Sunrise to Sunset

n/a

Non-Toxic Shot

NOT Required

NOT Required

Required

Required

Required

n/a

HIP Registration

Required

NOT Required

Required

Required

Required

n/a

Other

Fed Migratory Bird Stamp NOT Required

Hunting on Fri., Sat., Sun. & Mon. ONLY;
Fed Migratory Bird Stamp NOT Required; Rifles and electronically amplified bird calls or sounds permitted

Fed Migratory Bird Stamp NOT Required

Fed Migratory Bird Stamp NOT Required

Fed Migratory Bird Stamp NOT Required

n/a

 

2020–2021 Canada Goose Seasons